A group of Illinois lawmakers considered two different plans to expand gambling Wednesday. One tracks other recent proposals to add five casinos across Illinois; the other focuses on Chicago.
Every expansion of gambling in Illinois has required a delicate balance of competing geographic and businesses interests.
That's why plans in recent years have called for slot machines at horse racetracks, and five new casinos: in Chicago, the south suburbs, Lake County, Rockford, and Danville.
The Illinois Gaming Board is set to consider lifting a restriction that forbids casinos from staying open 24 hours a day.
Illinois' casinos have previously tried, and failed, to get the okay to keep their doors open 24-7. Now they're trying again. The Gaming Board will consider a proposal Sept. 14.